By Margo Frink

(Oneida – Feb. 16) Residents may want to stop into McDonald’s in Oneida for their favorite food item or take a last look around at the building before its demolished next month to make room for the new building.

The Oneida Planning Commission recommended a positive referral to the Zoning Board of Appeals for site plans presented by engineers at the Feb. 16 meeting.

The plan is to demolish the existing 5,000 square foot building and replace it with a new 4,200 square foot building. Plans include 1,700 square feet of green space and an aesthetically pleasing layout.

New pavement in the front of the building will allow traffic to re-circulate if need be to eliminate some of the traffic on Route 5 and help with any bottleneck during busy hours of service. A new sidewalk, lighting and landscaping are included in the plans.

Studies show 70 percent of the Oneida McDonald’s is drive through service, according to engineers.

The dumpster in the back will remain, the coolers will be placed inside the new building and the playground will be eliminated. There will be a reduction in signage and the fence along the back will either be re-painted or stained.

The project is expected to begin in March and take 90 days to complete.

The commission tabled a boundary line adjustment at 223 North Street, zone residential and request by resident Donald Behr. Behr had plans to sell a small plot of land to his neighbor so that he could put up a 10-foot-by-10 foot shed, however, if the board agreed to adjust the boundary line, they would be creating a variance request for the new owner.

“Assessor structures are supposed to be 10 feet from the property line,” said codes enforcement Officer Pat Baron.

“The city can’t create a situation where a buyer will need a variance,” said planning Director Cassie Rose.

The commission could only give sketch plat approval to Damian Croyle for a two-lot minor subdivision at 1067 Oneida Plaza Drive because regulations require “clear evidence” that the property will have water and sewer hook-ups.

Croyle said he had approval from Walmart to hook up to its private sewer system, but without something in writing the commission would not give final plat approval.

Croyle said he would obtain the information.

The commission approved sketch plat, preliminary plat and final plat for a two-lot minor subdivision on Middle Road, zone agricultural and requested by Randall Kennedy under two conditions: the map must be filed in 62 days and lot two has to be annexed by Quiet Valley Farms upon filing the subdivision with Madison County.

Salvation Barbecue will be up and running on Madison Street soon. The commission approved site plans and a conditional use permit to John Palmer and Lisa Goldson to operate a restaurant where the former Kerwin’s Cakes was once all the necessary permits are obtained. Palmer said he plans to be open in 60 days.

After holding a public hearing, the commission approved site plans and conditional use for the construction of Cool Star International LLC, which will be located at 310 Lake St., zoned light industrial and owned by Anil Jose.

Jeremy Fannell of Delta Engineers presented the plans to build a 5,000 square foot pole barn-type building at the corner of Harden Street for the purpose of distributing brake fluid and anti-freeze products. Only .75 acres will be developed of the five-acre lot. Twelve parking spaces will be designated.

Fannell said one to two deliveries will be coming in and one to two will be going out a week in straight-box trucks. No tractor trailers will be coming in and out, he said. The product will be pumped in bulk in fluid chambers and repackaged for distribution. The company plans to employ seven people.

Members of the commission were concerned with spill protection and the need to protect the designated wetlands behind the property.

Fannell said the owner may want to redesign the building to have the bulk fluids delivered inside. He plans to begin building this summer.

Conditions include spill protection of exterior loading and a landscaping plan before any building permit is issued.

Planning Commission referrals need to be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Margo Frink is vice president of M3P Media LLC and managing editor of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at or 315-481-8732.



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